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Gun Arrest November 22, 2014

On November 22, 2014 at 9:20pm Hartford Police Officers from the South Conditions Unit conducted a motor vehicle stop of the suspect in the area of 1 Julius Street. Officers were immediately concerned when they saw the suspect attempting to conceal an unknown item under the driver's side seat of the vehicle. The officers requested the party to exit the vehicle for officer safety purposes. As the party exited the vehicle the firearm was observed partially protruding from beneath the driver's seat. The suspect was found to not possess a CT pistol permit and was placed under arrest and charged accordingly.

Arrested: Xavier Cruz-Echevarria (dob 6/16/92) of 42 Ellsworth Street, Hartford, CT
1. Improper Parking
2. Operating an Unregistered MV
3. Operating MV No License
4. Insufficient Insurance
5. Misuse Marker Plates
6. Weapons in a MV
7. Possession of a Pistol w/out a Permit
$350,000 bond

Firearm: Beretta Model 96/40 cal Firearm, color silver, containing seven live 40 cal. rounds
(s/n BER170317)
Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Tercel, color white (bearing CT misuse marker 254-ZXG)


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STF Arrest November 19, 2014

On November 19, 2014 at approximately 2:00pm, Hartford Police Department Shooting Task Force Detectives were in the area Farmington Avenue when they covertly witnessed an apparent hand to hand drug transaction involving a motor vehicle. Through the ongoing investigation the suspect vehicle was stopped in the area of 135 Broad Street. As the Detectives approached the vehicle they observed the driver attempting to conceal an item below the driver's side seat and the center console. The driver was instructed to put his hands on the steering wheel but disobeyed the commands several times. The driver was removed from the vehicle and stated that he had a gun and Heroin in the vehicle. A loaded .22 caliber revolver (obliterated serial number) along with 50 bags of heroin were recovered from the vehicle. The suspect, Joel Deleon DOB 1/1/81, is a convicted felon and known member of the Los Solidos street gang. This is the 24th time Deleon has been arrested by the Hartford Police Department. DeLeon was arrested and booked at HPD without incident. Bond 50K

1. Failure to Stop for Traffic Signal
2. Operating w/o a License
3. Criminal Possession of a Firearm
4. Pistol w/o a Permit
5. Weapons in a Motor Vehicle
6. Obliterated Serial Number
7. Possession of Narcotics
8. PWITS Narcotics

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